Monthly Archives: June 2012

Mysteria Misc. Maxima: June 29th, 2012

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Jewish purity laws are to blame for infertility among someĀ  Orthodox women. (Jezebel) Though they give to charity more than secular … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Traditions: Wicca’s Embrace and Demonization of Aleister Crowley (Part II)

Last week, I introduced the contradictory views of Aleister Crowley by the early Wiccan movement. (If you missed it, you can read it here.) Though it is certain that Gerald Gardner, the father of Wicca, certainly had a personal connection … Continue reading

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Mysteria Misc. Maxima: June 22nd, 2012

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Southern Baptists elect their first Black president. (Reuters) As faith moves online, religious organizations scramble to acquire custom domain extensions. (RNS) … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Traditions: Wicca’s Embrace and Demonization of Aleister Crowley (Part I)

The debate to what extent Aleister Crowley influenced Wicca is one that’s unlikely to be resolved any time soon. Yes, we know Gerald Gardner was in the OTO. Yes, we know many of the early Wiccan rituals share great similarities … Continue reading

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Mysteria Misc. Maxima: June 15th, 2012

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. As more clergy reject their faith, the former spiritual leaders turn to support groups to embrace their atheism. (CNN) You know … Continue reading

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My First Academic Award!

Last month, I opened my mailbox to quite a surprise: A letter from the Centre for Jewish Studies at York University. I had no idea what was in the envelope. My best guess was that it was a reference letter … Continue reading

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Mysteria Misc. Maxima: June 8th, 2012

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. So, uh, nearly half of all Americans believe in creationism. (HuffPo) A prominent Pentecostal snake handler dies after being bitten by … Continue reading

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